Masanga Physiotherapy is a volunteer-run, independent part of Masanga DK and UK. We are working towards creating an internationally approved (WCPT) Physiotherapy education in Sierra Leone. Our goal is to offer a programme in Physiotherapy (BSc level) at the Tonkolili District College of Health Sciences (TDCoHS), located at Masanga Hospital. The aim is to launch a four-year programme commencing in 2018. There is currently no Physiotherapy course in Sierra Leone and only 4 qualified therapists. We are therefore seeking qualified teachers to lecture on the course as well as financial support to fund the project.
Masanga Physiotherapy’s mission and vision
The mission of Masanga Physiotherapy is to start a Bachelor degree education in physiotherapy at Tonkolili District College of Health Sciences and Technology (TDCoHS), based at Masanga Hospital. The goal is to enrol 30 physiotherapy students annually at TDCoHS. The education will take four years in total and will consist of evidence -and theoretically based lectures as well as practical clinical training.
We focus on sustainability and independency of the program, which is why it aims to be self-financed through the students’ tuition fees. Initially we will apply for experienced, qualified international teachers to come to Masanga District College for teaching purposes until the graduates are able to teach the course themselves.
The introduction of a training program in physiotherapy at tertiary level will be of great contribution towards the local government’s’ strategic plan presented in the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine policy. Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation and Handicap International made this plan in 2010. It will target the major issues of social exclusion and unequal access to rehabilitation for people with disabilities. It will provide quality healthcare professionals who will endeavour to provide the people with disabilities the best possible opportunity for full inclusion in society and highest level of independence and quality of life. This is aligned with The UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Read more about the project here.